Thursday, September 24, 2009

Book Review ~ Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain
By Mary E. DeMuth

I have to tell you that up until about five years ago I didn't read fiction books at all. I was of the mind set that when I read a book I wanted it to be something that would make me be a better person.

It wasn't until I found myself sitting in the hospital for 51 days while my son lay there in the PICU fighting for his life that I could not pick up another teachable book. My girlfriend gave me a Christian fiction book and need to read will help you "get away" while you are still very present and here with your son.

Well, that was the very first step of my journey with Christian fiction and although I still love my teachable books (believe me, I love them) I have now learned to sprinkle in my reading with some quality Christian fiction.

When I was given the opportunity to read Mary DeMuth's book "Daisy Chain" I jumped at the chance to find a "new" author for my bookshelf. When my book arrived I was nervous and excited. Daisy Chain was not the typical fiction book that I would have purchased. I am a romantic at heart and when I sprinkle in the fiction I like happy happy joy joy type stories but I also wanted to take a chance and try something "different".

Daisy Chain was just that difference that I was looking for. I was intrigued, challenged, stretched, and blown away by the intense feelings I felt as I read this book. I felt like I was watching over the shoulder of a third party that was in the storyline but couldn't do anything about it. Mary's writing took me on a journey to places I never would have walked through on my own, but I learned from the adventure.

On the back cover of the book it says this...

A picture-perfect small town hides more secrets than the curved petals of a blood red rose. In the summer of 1977, innocent young Daisy Chance goes missing. Fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He's convinced it's his fault.

As Jed follows the trail of clues Daisy left behind, he traces the path of pain hidden in his own family as well. When Jed's carefully constructed world comes crashing down, will he dare to find hope? Or will his guild crush him forever? Haunted by Daisy's memory and pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis, this achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story brings life to God's sometimes confusing but always present redemption.

It's a funny thing when you read a book and you become so engrossed with the storyline that you want to throw the book across the room, but race back over to pick it up. You like it but it stretches you further than you thought a simple little fiction book could...I think that is how you know that it is truly exceptional writing.

Don't take my word for it...check it out for yourself. You can go directly to the author's website (Mary DeMuth) and get a copy for yourself.

Seeking JOY on the Journey,

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4 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Heather C 8:42 AM  

Sounds great! I'll have to check it out. Like you, I've never been a huge fan of fiction, even Christian fiction. I tend to lean more toward biographies and biblical teaching type books (think Beth Moore and John Piper), but once in a while I get hold of a novel that just tears me UP. "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers was one of those for me. Sometimes fiction has the power to grip you in a way other genres don't. Now I read all things in moderation. ;-)

Tami 9:53 AM  

Must confess I have NEVER read a Christian Fiction Novel... I pretty much feel as you felt... but now I am INTRIGUED!

The words you've written here stretch me a little beyond my comfort zone and cause me to look inward and see I may be a bit of a fictional book snob... Cause I don't want to be a snob on ANY level... or close myself off to anything God may use to speak His wisdom, grace and glory into my life... now I'm gonna have to sift through my owned but not read books and dig out a Christian fiction book and see what I experience through it.

Lisa 1:40 PM  

I am going to add it to my Overstock cart,

Mary DeMuth 4:08 PM  

Thanks, all, for considering Daisy Chain! I'm excited! Thanks for a lovely review, Mel.

Daisy Chain's sequel, A Slow Burn, releases on Thursday.

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